Sides agree on closer cooperation in several key areas of support to Government of Ukraine

Photo: Yevhen Yarmoliuk / UNDP Ukraine

KYIV, 6 July 2020 –  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their cooperation in Ukraine. The two sides will work together to promote international standards and European best practices in the areas of civilian security sector reform, rule of law and democratic governance.

The agreement, which was signed by UNDP Resident Representative Dafina Gercheva and EUAM Head of Mission Antti Hartikainen, will remain in effect until the end of the year. After that it can be extended on the mutual consent of both parties.

Ms. Gercheva said she looks forward to working with the team at EUAM to support Ukraine’s sustainable development trajectory. “With Ukraine drawing ever closer to the European Union, the European Union Advisory Mission here is a natural partner for UNDP in Ukraine,” she said. 

Mr. Hartikainen said the two organizations will cooperate on a wide range of areas, including community security and safety strategies at the oblast and local levels, capacity development support to the Parliament of Ukraine, and combating sexual and gender-based violence and domestic violence. “We will also work together to develop training courses, workshops, webinars and products in the field of digitalization and innovation,” he said.

Both organizations will regularly exchange information on reform processes, as well as information on their respective activities that could be of common interest for cooperation. The partners could also jointly organize meetings, seminars, round tables, conferences, training programmes, and educational campaigns. 

Background

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with a broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, the organization helps nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.

UNDP Ukraine is the third largest country programme globally, offering innovative approaches and integrated services ranging from democratic governance and public administration reform, to energy and the environment, inclusive local development, and recovery and peace building.

EUAM Ukraine is a non-executive mission of the European Union that formally began operations from its headquarters in Kyiv on 1 December 2014. Its goal is to achieve a civilian security sector in Ukraine that is efficient, accountable, and enjoys the trust of the public.

Media enquires: Yuliia Samus; UNDP in Ukraine Communication Officer communications.ukraine@undp.org, +38 044 254 0035

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